Supe's surprise: Supervisor Ken Boyd seeks 3rd term
When Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd made an unsuccessful run for the 5th Congressional District Republican nomination in 2010, he said he would not be seeking another term on the Board of Supervisors. But at a hastily called May 12 press conference, the incumbent representing the Rivanna District– despite mentioning the "toll on you and your family" from 12 years of public service– threw his hat back in the ring.
"My wife allowed me to," said Boyd.
Boyd is the last of the three term-expiring supervisors to announce plans. Scottsville Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier will not seek a fourth term, but White Hall supe and board chair Ann Mallek will run again.
"This year, I've been honored and humbled by the number of people that have asked me to run again," said Boyd, who typically votes with the more ostensibly conservative board block that includes Samuel Miller's Duane Snow, the Rio District's Rodney Thomas, and Dorrier. So far, no one has announced a run for Dorrier's seat.
Boyd, who formerly served on the School Board, cites accomplishments such as "a world class educational system," the near completion–- at least the county's portion–- of the Meadow Creek Parkway, the start of the Hillsdale Connector, the higher than average salaries coming with the taxpayer-assisted expansion of MicroAire Surgical Instruments, and the county's AAA bond rating.
"We've downsized government considerably without laying off employees," say Boyd, of his leadership during the a recessionary economy. And he noted proudly that during his tenure Albemarle has added over 1,000 acres of park land, including the newly opened Preddy Creek Park.
Boyd listed some work that remains: the completion of the controversial Ragged Mountain dam water supply plan, the Meadow Creek Parkway, and the relocation of a waste pumping station that's long plagued the Woolen Mills area–- projects that have been criticized on cost and other grounds.
Even close supporters, including Supervisor Duane Snow and former board member David Wyant, were telling associates they weren't sure whether Boyd would run again. But now that the decision to run has been made, Boyd supporters can rest assured. Said Pat Earle, who was present at the press conference: "I'm relieved."
Correction 2:15pm: The 12 years of elected office Boyd has served includes one term on the School Board and two on the Board of Supervisors, and were incorrectly calculated in the original version.